Teaching

EDS103: On Teaching What is Huitt’s (2011) view about the function of teaching? Huitt  views teaching as a purposeful direction and management of the learning process. It is not giving knowledge or skills to students; it is a process of providing guided opportunities for students to produce relatively permanent change through the engagement in experiences provided by the teacher. Do you agree that “teaching is not giving knowledge or skills to students”? How does his view differ from your own? I agree. The purpose of teaching is not simply to train a learner acquire knowledge and skill. I believe that it is deeper than that. To teach is to educate.  Teaching should stimulate a child to thirst for knowledge and motivate him to find meaning and purpose for what one does. Teaching is educating learners how to think critically by showing them how to come up with relevant questions that lead students to finding answers. How will teachers who share his view that “teaching is the process of providing guided opportunities for students “ do things differently from those who believe that teaching is “giving knowledge or skills to students”? I believe that teachers who share Huitt’s view will have a different approach in making their students’ learn. Instead of just providing them (students) facts and information on the subject area that they need to learn, teachers will instead engage their students’ higher order  thinking skills and lead them to formulate their own conclusions about their topic. The teacher will follow the lead of the child, starting at the child’s cognitive level and help that child build his own concepts by providing him, for example, relevant questions, until the learner arrives to answers and has fully understood the subject matter. On the other hand, ordinary teachers would simply state, enumerate facts and tell the learners the “what” to learn and more often than not miss the “whys and Hows” of learning.

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